Why Are Diamonds So Valuable?

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One thing that makes diamonds so valuable is their extreme hardness. Diamond is the hardest naturally occurring mineral. "A diamond can be used to cut another diamond. The only other material that can scratch a diamond is borazon, an artificial substance first made in 1957. This hardness is the reason why diamonds, in addition to being dazzling gem stones, are especially useful to industry.
Rarity is another thing that enhances the value of diamonds. They are 120 times rarer than gold. In some places workers must process 250 tons of earth, gravel and rock to find a total weight of only one or two carats in diamonds.
The value of a diamond depends in large measure on its purity, that is, freedom from flaws such as pores, cracks and spots of uncrystallized carbon. The monarch of precious stones comes in many colors, yellow and brown being the most common. But they also turn up red, green, black and sometimes, though rarely, blue. Most rough diamonds have eight sides and are shaped like a double pyramid. Some have twelve, twenty-four or forty-eight sides; others are cube-shaped, with only six sides.
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... Wow... I thought that only a diamond can only scratch another diamond ... But amazingly there is another one to cut it.. It was.. BORAZON... :p
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Good~ Thanks for the useful info~
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Diamonds are valuable because from about 100 million carats of diamonds that are mined each year, only a quarter of these precious stones are considered as gem quality ones.
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Diamonds are important for many things, there used for engagement rings, there also used to cut harder things that me not be cut for people
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Its the amount of time, extreme pressure and intense heat within the earth that creates diamonds from carbon
3 billion years,
1200 to 2000 deg. C,
if you put a chunk of carbon at the bottom of the deepest sea on earth it would not even come close to the pressure required to make a diamond (15750 psi)

to me, this is what makes them so rare, its the painstaking process in which they are made by nature through time
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Diamonds are valuable because of their rarity and the desire of the women to have them.
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The hardness
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Diamonds is important because it helps you when you have to cut something that is hard

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